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WWAY, NHRMC Health Fair offers free screenings, advice

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you haven’t given up on your New Year’s resolutions yet, you may be looking for a way to get healthy. There was plenty of advice available today at the annual Taking Control of Your Health Fair hosted by WWAY and New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

People lined up for free screenings and free health information from the best health care professionals in the Cape Fear today at Independence Mall.

New Hanover Regional Medical Center says it wants everyone in Wilmington to stay healthy, so the hospital offered free services because they know times are tough.

“In this economy, one of the things New Hanover Regional recognizes is that a lot of people have lost their insurance and they don’t have doctors to go to, so we want to offer these screenings so that people can have access to screening,” NHRMC’s Iris Baker said.

Results for the free screenings were available within minutes and people were given steps on what to do next.

Many people we spoke with said they have little to no health insurance, so a trip to the doctor is costly. They said getting free screenings and flu shots may not have only helped their health but their wallets.

“I’m barely employed thanks to this great economy, and anything I can get for nothing is alright by me,” John Roebuck of Wilmington said.

Christina Smith of Wilmington said, “I don’t have insurance, so coming here allows me a first step if I really need to go see somebody. You know, they may guide me in the right direction.”

Visitors without insurance were guided insurance providers to learn how to get affordable coverage before it’s too late.

“Things like health insurance and life insurance, they’re one of the only products that once you need them, you can’t get them,” State Farm agent Jonathan Calhoun said. “You have to prepare for the unexpected prior to it happening, and that’s tough sometimes, but by going to see an insurance agent and talking to them, it allows you to look at the different things and protect yourself.”

Visitor said they wanted to start the year off on the right foot, and this was the perfect place to have their questions answered.

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